I don’t think there’s any judge or jury who would award California the entire value of that song unless Zepp’s legal team did something egregious that insulted them all.
What would be hilarious is if Plant and Page had different lawyers, and Plant’s legal team said, “hey, our guy wrote all the lyrics, you get none of that; you want a share, go after his” - pointing finger at Jimmy’s lawyers.
I wish I had your faith in juries. The final nail in that coffin was when a jury awarded Rebel Wilson $4.5m because a magazine told the truth about her and caused her hurty feelings. Seems to me that in many of these cases juries see their job as being some kind of de facto wealth redistribution body. If they perceive you’ve got money they’re going to stick it to you just out of spite.
Balancing the ledger though, and to cheer us all up, here’s Vanilla Ice’s ironclad defence against Queen and Bowie. If you listen really closely you can hear his lawyers locking themselves in their studies and taking their revolvers from their desk drawers.
Vanilla Ice is a fucken legend. Definitely the best white boy rapper that's ever lived.
I love the song, but the best white boy rapper? Does Marshall Mathers not take that title?